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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 30, 2008 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

amos -

I held off for a long time before going to see these guys figuring they were just another cover band. And I am kicking myself for being a stubborn ass. They really do a superb job of recreating the show - from stage setup to equipment.

A few years ago at a show down on the Outer Banks I struck up a conversation with Robert Koritz (he drums Mickey's stuff) and we got to talking about DSO. He is an avid golfer and I try to take him out for a round when they come through VA Beach (Tidewater four ten oh nine). We've had a lot of time to talk about DSO over the course of a round.

They don't consider themselves a cover band - more of a tribute band - and to me the difference is more than semantic. They never try to be the Dead, but they make a herculean (or Samsonian) effort to reproduce what the experience was like. The setlists are accurate and their versions of the shows are accurate down to the noodling and tuning between songs. Perhaps not note for note, but close enough for a noodle.

They are all exceptional musicians and on more than one occasion I've had to stop and tell myself that I wasn't seeing the Dead.

If you haven't seen them, I'd reccomend at least seeing one show. Chances are, you will be pleasantly surprised. Especially when you get that feeling you have heard the setlist before and you find out that you were in fact at the show they were recreating.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Dec 30, 2008 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

I saw them for the first time while helping a friend sell T-Shirts at a Flat Rock Music festival in NC a few years ago. WOW, that was fun. We howled at the moon a lot. Great outdoor venue. I've seen them a couple of times in ATL, but just haven't been in the mood to go through the trouble lately. I heard the saying long before I saw them about "if you just close your eyes you're almost there."
Your favorable review will help me get out of my rut and back on the dance floor.